Bento no. 44: Pre-made inarizushi and bean sprout stir fry (vegan)


Bento contents:

Total calories (approx): 360 (how calories are calculated)

Time needed: 5-10 minutes in the morning Type: Japanese, vegan

I made a batch of 24 inarizushi a couple of weeks ago, making them lower-calorie by adding lots of hijiki to the rice filling. I put 4 inarizushi each into Lock & Lock containers and stashed them in the freezer, and have been using them for bento every few days. I put them in the refrigerator the night before, and by lunchtime they are defrosted nicely.

In the other container is a simple stir fry with bean sprouts, garlic chives (nira) and a red chili pepper, which is cooked in minutes. The only calories of note are in the oil used (I used argan oil which needed using up, but you can use sesame oil or other flavorful oil). I also added a handful of edamame straight from the freezer, which defrosts fully by lunchtime.

If you are wondering where the protein is in this bento, it’s in the fried tofu wrappings on the inarizushi as well as the edamame.

A vegan, easy to digest, low-calorie yet filling bento, the main part of which is pre-made. A great time saving bento!

Recipe: Bean sprout and garlic chive stir fry

  • 2 cups bean sprouts, washed
  • 3-4 garlic chives or green onions
  • 1/2 Tbs. sesame or argan oil
  • 1 small red chili pepper, deseeded and chopped - or use dried red pepper flakes to save time
  • Salt and pepper, dash soy sauce

Heat up a frying pan with the oil. Add red chili pepper. Add garlic chives or green onions and stir-fry. Add bean sprouts and stir fry until it’s reduced to about a cup in volume. Season with salt, pepper and a little soy sauce. Cool before putting into bento box.

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Beautiful Bento! Beautiful Blog.

Just amazing. Really inspiring. I picked up the cutest Bento box the last time I was in France, and have really only used it a couple of times. You have inspired me to get it back out when I find myself back to the grind of work…not for another five weeks!! Whopppe.

Great blog, great photos, great recipes.

i bought recently inari

i bought recently inari envelopps but I’ m afraid taht they are “heavy” in calorie since they are fried. Do you have an idea about it?

Inari bags (or envelopes)

Inari bags (or envelopes) are deep fried tofu, but they are “de-oiled” before they are cooked in sauce, (usually by blanching them in boiling water). So while they aren’t the lowest in calories they are still lower than most meat for example - plus they are quite thin. I’ve looked up the calorie count in Japanese books, and for one inarizushi the skin itself is around 50-60 calories, and the rice filling is around 70 calories if you use all rice.

Stir Fry?

I have now read several blog posts and done a few searches, but when you refer to stir fry what do you mean exactly?

Is it just a particular way of cooking? do you have a specific sauce that you use all the time?

Sorry for the question I am new to cooking and am liking the site, but find myself only able to make the foods that don’t require stir fry because I don’t understand what you mean.


Stir frying

Stir frying just means to toss or flip things around in a hot pan over high heat until they are cooked. Usually a wok is used, but a large frying or sauté pan with sloping sides will do too. It’s like sautéing. It’s a method most used for cut-up vegetables or meat, or noodles etc. It’s a cooking method rather than any kind of flavoring etc., and is used a lot in Asian cooking, including Japanese. If you need visuals, try looking up ‘stir fry’ on YouTube - there are several videos that illustrate it - this one shows someone doing it in a way that isn’t too intimidating (no dramatic tossing in the air or leaping flames etc). Hope that helps!

ok..from now on..this blog

ok..from now on..this blog is gonna be my one stop shop… absolutely loving all the recipes shown here..haven’t cooked any..but I’m gonna do one tomorrow. I showed it to my bf..we miss all the lovely bento boxes from when we travelled to japan. each box were so cute!!

Stir Fry

Maki, Thank you very much. That is kind of what i suspected, I just wanted to be sure.

Thanks again.

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mmmmmmmmm inarizushu is oiishi!!!!

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